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Introducing a comprehensive, multi-volume work that catalogs the enormous range of enamel-painted figures made predominantly in the Staffordshire Potteries between 1780 and 1840, Volume 1 covers figures portraying people’s pastimes and work. It includes over 900 brilliant color photos of pottery, as well as information about its makers and design sources and a guide to values. The attributes of all known makers’ work are explored, as are those of groups of related figures whose makers remain anonymous. Some figures in this volume portray the pastimes of gardening, reading, and music, while others depict shepherds and shepherdesses, other farm workers, vendors, and people engaged in a host of trades and occupations. Many of these figures are hauntingly beautiful and have long been hidden from the public eye. Fashioned in an era before photography, they give us rare glimpses of a world that has vanished. To hold one is to touch the past.
Size: 9″ x 12″ | 914 color photos | Value guide | 280 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345371 | Binding: hard cover
Myrna Schkolne is an independent scholar with a passionate interest in early English earthenware figures. Her book People, Passions, Pastimes, and Pleasures: Staffordshire Figures 1810-1835, published in 2006, was the first exploration of the social history mirrored in these figures. Myrna lectures and publishes in her field. She resides in the United States, but she maintains an ongoing dialogue with collectors worldwide through her web site, www.mystaffordshirefigures.com.